tv [untitled] June 24, 2013 5:00pm-5:31pm PDT
>> next five speakers. alma robinson. jackie flin. delores mcgee. eddie zane. erin yen. al alma robinson [repeating] this is erin yen. >> thank you very much. good evening supervisors, mr. mayor. i really appreciate you coming to my neighborhood, district 10. and listening to so many committed citizens who have turned out tonight.
i am here to speak on behalf of a couple programs, first of all a thank you. my name is alma robinson. i am director of california lawyers for the arts. we very much appreciate the funding from the department of children, youth and families, that has been a part of our effort for a number of years. this is our 20th year to provide internships for high school students, many from bayview with art programs and we look to expand that program to include for-profit businesses. including old navy and start-up design companies, and as well as non-profit art organizations. we provide training and communication skills, the so-called soft skills that are important to keep jobs and
continue on a career that is meaningful. i want to speak on the san francisco art commission and the proposal to extend cultural equity grants that is important for communities throughout san francisco. i was part of a task force for many years that established that program. thank you for your consideration. and thank you to all the community for being here tonight. thank you. >> good evening, i am jackie flin, i am executive director of the program in san francisco. i want to thank you supervisors for something and thank you for your service to the city. but i am here to ask for your continued support in three major areas. one is in employment services.
and i would like to thank you, rhonda simmons for supporting the randolph institute and for the contract around construction services. to make sure that we can recruit experienced construction workers and not only experienced workers but young folks to enter in the construction trade. a lot of training and education comes through our office. and so far we have worked with over 400 clients that have signed up with city build to get employment throughout the city. but i would like to see continued support in that effort, and maybe see a broader spectrum of employment opportunities other than just construction. youth services is another area that we would like it see your continued support. there are great internships around this summer that we recruited for throughout the city. i would like to thank the puc
for offering a multitude of internships, and our young folks with the offers from the city. and we have programs with youth works and as well as the san francisco rec and park have offered job opportunities as well. but we would like to see continued employment. maybe some internships that last throughout the school year, and not just summer. and the last area to touch is transportation. the department of public health has assembled a transportation group made up of multiple organizations in the bayview. and we would like to see continued support for that group and bicycle funding to change o our culture here in bayview.
>> good evening, to the distinguished panel and to all the people from district 11 -- can you hear me now. okay, good evening to the distinguished panel, i am delores mcgee from the community known as omi. john avalos' district, i am here because i haven't heard that mention of the seniors. i am here to represent seniors all across the city. seniors and people with disabilities across the city of san francisco when it comes to technology. we have put in computers in 54 sites in the city. and we would like to have those sites maintained when you do your budget.
we want to make sure that the money is there so they can continue to skype, tweet, have online banking, check their online medical records. and to keep in contact with all of their friends and families who are all across the world. so for the seniors and people with disabilities, we are hoping you will make that a special, special consideration when you do your budget. because the seniors are the foundation of any community. and we would like to make sure that they stay connected. we would like to thank ann henson, the leadership of the department of asian and adult services. we could not have done this without her support. thank you very much.
>> good eveni ining everyone, a mayor and department heads. i am eddie part of the bayview program. i want to say that our program is the only program out here to service with youth dealing with multicultural youth programs. and we are fortunate to get support from the city and to be out here. and all due to the attention that happened three years ago when there was a lot of african, asian tension out here, because of misunderstanding. we want to focus on young people. and we have our second summit where youth come together and organize it. and the theme they come up is called usla, a way to address trauma and stress. and the young people came up with this idea and put together
addressing the trauma and the stress they deal with every day in district 10. and another thing we need more programs dealing with employments where asian and hiring african-americans and job training and latino population. to create programs and funding to reflect the population in district 10. we know that justification happens because of development, but we know that the city wants to invest in the community also. but we need to do it the right way. i have a couple of young people to share their experience in the program and hope shed light why it's important to have this program. >> okay, just really quick. hi, everybody, i name is treasure. this is my second year of being a part of bya. last year i advocated and this
year i am a peer leader. i was in this program because i was getting in trouble. i was on probation for fighting and stuff. and i turned my life around -- i mean around. yeah, i got into byca and i did a lot of community work. i grew up around here and i am intune with a lot of people around here. and this year i got myself into em emaculate academy on my own. and i learned how to file and scan and call around and outreach. and i interned at a dentist office and i scan and do procedure codes. i do a lot and the i learned a lot. i am excited to be able to know th they -- that i will have a future. and it's important because the
youth is the future. and the youth is struggling with a lot, and it's crazy. i don't think you guys know how tough it is for the youth. and take in consideration that bya has helped a lot of youth. and our budget has been cut, and we need money to have another bya next year. thank you. >> hi, i am niece, and this program also helped me to be constructive and do better things instead of going outside and doing things i shouldn't be doing. i graduate this year, so they helped me to get paid and to go to prom and stuff. and i just love doing it, and this is my second year. last year i was a youth advocate and this year i am a peer leader. and i love it and i have fun here. >> thank you very much, i want to say we are here to promote
racial harmony. it's needed not only in district 10 but city wide. but we can't do it alone, we need everyone's support in the youth and in the community. thank you very much. >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen, thank you to the board for giving us an opportunity to speak. i am aaron from excelsior district 11 and we are here for funding in balboa high school. and i want to give you numbers, balboa is a school of 1300. now there is no funding for after-school programs. and this year we were not renewed for 21st century funds or dcyf funds. and we have 397 students
enrolled in the after-school program but no funding. when we had funding we were the top-rated as far as attendance. and kendall is one of the students that benefited from the program. and we had 10 to 15 depending on the semester of the programs. >> i am kendall, and i am senior at balboa school. i have been going to the after-school program at balboa for four years. it's been a big benefit to the community. a lot of my friends would not be graduating if not for the after-school program. they have cyber high that provides tutoring, and they have programs to excel in math. and they have teachers that come in and help us, actual math teacher and not just computers. in addition we have a bunch of
programs. we recently launched a 3-d printing program that is bringing 3-d technology into the hands of youth. and promoting engineering and education in our programs. we really need to fund this program. it was terrible without this program in the beginning of the year. and we really need it. thank you. >> good evening, i am here and before the speakers, before the people, the speakers. i don't know why now not call my name yet. we are not quiet. our english is not very good. but we need to speak, and let
everyone know that we have a problem. okay, i am a newcomer. i know (inaudible) but opportunity please give everyone to speak, please. i have something to speak, but i don't know why you don't call my name. i don't want to (inaudible) group that can say, they can do everything. why if we are quiet -- i need to speak too. please. okay. [speaking foreign language]
translator: the chinese community has so many problems but have no way to express it because of the language barrier. we only stay in our home and with our family and can't find a solution. only because our language, our english is not very well, we cannot read. we cannot speak. [speaking foreign language] translator: i know, language barrier is not our fault. or the society fault. but i just want to get the chance to speak.
i don't know why i always say at the end of line and never can get a chance to speak. [speaking foreign language] translator: i not feel comfortable to speak in front of the public. i hope i can schedule a meeting with the mayor and supervisor to talk about our issue. >> sorry about it. and thank you. >> again, before we get to the next set of speakers. i want us to be mindful, of course if we had the opportunity we would let everyone to speak. we know that everyone has important things to say. i have more to say than most coming up here speaking. but we want to be mindful to allow everyone an opportunity and orderly. everyone in here will not get a
chance to speak. mabel sato. mary davis. cathy davis. karen tateum. bradley whitmire. >> excuse me. honorary mayor, and supervisor, my name is victor boston. and really i need someone with a paper and pen. i have been looking for housing over i say nine months now. and i am about ready to lose my section 8. okay. i have letters here saying congratulations. we have placed on our waiting list. but we check our waiting list once a year.
this is the second time. i have another application here, these are housing, this is the second list and there is five sheets. this is the second sheet and i have been in all of these places looking for housing. as i said again, my name is victor boston, and if you can give me insight, my number is 410-5756, and i am in desperate need of housing. i am a veteran, vietnam veteran at that. okay, i served my country. unfortunately i can't walk. but i am looking for some housing. please, thank you, mayor, thank you housing authority. thank you. >> mary harris. cathy davis. >> mary harris, president of my
neighbors in action. on february 2 we had a lunar new year celebration at the rec center. when we got up there, my husband and i noticed there was just this very tense vibration and we found out that lawrence collins was shot and killed at the rec center. so we lost another youth in the omi. we have had youth shot in front of inner city youth, we have had them shot in front of the omi family resource center. we were devastated, he was going to be 20 years old. as i was going to get ready to speak tonight. i went in my office and these 3 x 5 cards fell out. and i picked then up and read
them. and then i realized that seven years ago with a different mayor and a different supervisor, i have been saying the same words, talking about the omi and violence prevention. and i can't believe i am here again and talking about the same thing. i am asking mayor lee work with the omi to come up with a violence prevention plan. i want diana, i am happy that you made director of violence prevention. i am thankful for that, but she needs to come out on a regular basis and to the omi, and come up with a concrete plan. we need jobs and life skills and our young adults to have after-school programs and something to do and somewhere to go. we need to have this on various
levels. there are jobs through dpw. and we need rec and park with their apprenticeship garden funded. if you give to rec and park, they are doing the best they can with very little. and our police department, this is the area that is eight miles. we are on the advisory board and every time my husband and i go the numbers are lower. we can't go lower on the officers, we need the police presence and we need the youth and the police officers to have a relationship. if we could keep this on the forefro forefront. i want to speak and not lose anymore youth and the neighborhood. all of our youth have someone who has been shot or killed.
so thank you very much. >> cathy davis. >> good evening, mr. mayor and supervisors and department heads. my name is cathy davis. i am the executive director of bayview hunter's point senior services. i was trying to think of what part of our agency it talk about. i want to talk about the most vulnerable seniors we know. mr. boston said what i needed to say about housing. that's pretty much the deal. our agency sees seniors like him all the time. constantly, consistently looking for housing and can't find it. we need more support services to help people and to help people a app apply. a lot of people don't know where to find housing or where to start. we are trying to focus on that
with seniors. and i want to talk about senior exit center, that looks out for ex-offenders. those are the people coming back, relatives and sons and daughters and uncles and aunts that are out of jail and prison and need a place to stay. and we can't find them a place to stay. we can get them transitional housing for three month and then nothing. and lastly i want to talk about the adult center, that serves a lot of vulnerable people. i want to thank the mayor who helped out last year, and we still need that program. and i want to have a staff member tell why she works there. >> good evening, i am christina martin, i work at the bayview health center.
i worked there three years, i went through the job now program and became permanent. i graduated from this school, cff as i work there. cathy works hard to save our jobs. she's been doing that since i started working there. we lost $80,000 of funding this year, and keep losing more. and when we went to managed care we lost funds as seniors don't understand and get confused. please save our center and keep supporting, thank you. >> carol tatem. >> good evening everybody. i have all the concerns that have been expressed here this
evening. but i didn't come to talk about concerns. i came to make accommodations. i have lived in district 10 for 43 years. and i have been in more pot holes than i have years and life. but most recently in district 10, towards the end of san bruno avenue, near manzle. there has been a tremendous street improvement. and i want to say thank you for that. because i have ruined some tires running into pot holes. and someone talked about mcclaren park and the need for improvement of services up there. i wish mayor lee, that you would take the drive up manzle, you probably wouldn't go back. because the street is dangerous. so i want to say again thank you
to mohamed (inaudible) and under your direction and the department of public works and the improvements you have made to the streets of san francisco most recently. >> good evening, mayor, supervisors, department heads. we have had a number of members that had to go, i am bradley weedmyer, i am from the home care unit workers. could our members still here wave to the celebrities here up front. thank you. we are here because we provide care for seniors and disabled in a needy community. we are facing state-wide cut this summer, july 1. we need help from the city.
we are asking that with the new funding process that has come down, san francisco's budgeted this much for this portion of the ihss program. a new maintenance of effort is below that. and that's what the city now has to send for its part of federal, state and city-county money. we ask that difference go towards our members in an hourly raise. and also that won't completely cover the cut. perhaps we can go into the general fund. and let me point out, one the best reasons for doing that is because the lower waged workers spend the money in san francisco. spend in district 10 and district 11 and across our city. it's the best recycling of the money. you know these crazy austerity
people are coming back at us, put this money back in the town. help our home-care workers help keep our seniors and disabled at home and happy and serviced. and while we are doing that, let's spread some money around and make sure that our economy is thriving in our districts. thank you. >> hi, good evening, mayor lee and cohen and supervisors and department heads and residents of bayview. i am janet, i have a couple of issues i would like to encourage you to consider. i recently met with steve kawa
and mayor lee and john templeton about the development of african-american tourism. and mr. templeton submitted a proposal to provide a way to tap into those funds. and to also bring employment into this area. and to also give value to the lives and the residents of the people that are here. and also again provide a source of employment. the other thing that i would like to encourage you to do is as we have these huge development programs in the area. that are geared towards certain percentage of employment in hiring residents. that you also include professional services such as accounting and legal and real estate sales.
and thank you for stretching the dollar as much as you have been able to. i know it's tough. we are counting on you to continue to do the good work you already have been doing. thank you. >> before we hear from supervisor farrell. i want to remind everyone in the audience, if you didn't get an opportunity to speak tonight. you definitely have an opportunity to speak with the supervisors. you have an opportunity to talk to other department heads at different times. continue, continue to advocate for your communities. and we apologize if you don't get the opportunity to speak tonight. now we will have the budget hearing process statements from supervisor farrell. >> thank you for hearing your